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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Tahini & Grape Molasses

(Tahin Pekmez)

Tahini & Grape Molasses
1 cup tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
1/2 cup grape molasses (thick grape juice syrup)

Place the tahini in a deep bowl, then slowly add grape molasses and mix them well. This traditional Turkish dessert should be eaten with Turkish Bread (if not available, fresh French or Italian bread) for breakfast or as a dessert. We especially like to eat Tahin Pekmez on cold winter days, it gives energy and is very filling. My mother used to say "if you have it every morning, you will never feel the cold".

Tahini is very healthy, does not have cholesterol and lasts long. It also contains B vitamins and protein like milk.

Grape Molasses
Grape Molasses are a good source of energy and carbohydrates because of the high sugar content. It is ideal for daily doses of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium plus it contains lots of minerals.

You can purchase Tahini (Tahin) and Grape Molasses (Pekmez) from Turkish or Middle Eastern Grocery Stores or online at

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At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear binnur
we have this food in iran
( ardeh shireh )
that ardeh is tahini & shireh is grape molasses
but it is an old food & these dayes has a little use.

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Saeedeh,
It is nice to know that it is known in Iran as well. We always have
Tahini & Grape Molasses especially winter time even here (North
America). Turkish Groceries always sell them. I think we still love to
eat our traditional food:)

At 6:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,

I love this!!

My father loves this so much, that in the early years when he couldn't easily find Tahin or Pekmez, he used to mix peanut butter with honey as a substitute.

Keep up the great work..


At 6:51 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sidika,
We're lucky tahin and pekmez are easily found, even in North America:)
What a clever substitute - mixing peanut butter & honey:)

At 7:37 PM, Blogger Asli said...

Hemen gittim Tulumba'dan ismarladim.. Cok uzun zamandir yememistim.. Cok tesekkurler hatrilattiginiz icin :)

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Asli,
Her kis baslangicinda usudugum zaman Tahin Pekmezi hatirlar,ilk lokmadan sonra yazlari da mi yesem acaba... diye dusunurum:)

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mixed some tahini and molasses together this weekend just experimenting,
NOT even knowing this was a delight from Turkey/Iran. Ummm Ummm good. I'm addicted!

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

We're all addicted too:))

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valla, ne zaman hazirlamak aklima gelse, pekmezin ingilizcesini hic bulamiyordum.



At 5:18 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Ayhan, sen de sagolasin, yardimci olabildigime memnun oldum:)

At 3:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binur,

I would love a recipe to make my own pekmez. Do you have any recipes on hand for this?

Cok tesekuler

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Kathy,
I never made my own pekmez, it is a kind of a long process. Pekmez can be made of grape, mulberry...and needs a lot of sunshine to get the thickness of it. The ones sold in jars are very easy to have for me:)

At 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


im using these recipies for a project :) i hope it tastes good because we dont want anyone dying

At 5:50 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

All our recipes taste delicious and nobody was harmed so far.

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi we have a similar recepie in lebanon but we use ahini and carnob mollasses instead

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you bake the mixture in the oven after mixing or eat it cold? What I ate in Istanbul -- Energy Bomb -- had been baked. Thank you.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

What you have had in Istanbul is Tahini Helva in The Oven (Guvecte Tahin Helvasi). I've already posted it which is under Dessert Recipes section.

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Yamina said...

Yum this is so delicious!!

At 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hiin iraq we mixthe tahini and date malasses also we eat it with bread in cold winter

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur,
I have found a Tahin/Pekmez combination in one of the store close by. A company called TAHINELLA, Sweet Tahini Spread is producing in Queens, New York. Their web site is They also have different flavors, they use organic nuts. I have tried Almond. It was a delicious.
Thanks again

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Kevin, thank you so much for all the information you have provided.

At 8:13 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

So excited to see your post! I've been looking for this since returning from Turkey last month. I didn't know it was grape molasses. Using carob molasses now - the consistency is different, but delicious!

At 9:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Afiyet olsun Rebecca:)

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Can I use regular molasses? I just can't find grape molasses here.

At 1:17 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Sy,
Sure you can, just adjust the amount to your taste:)


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